To Change a Heart, Occupy It
Occupy, Texas premiered at The Dallas International Film Festival to an appreciative audience, many of whom actually participated in the production by donating their homes and business locations or as extras. Numerous Dallas landmarks are showcased in this moving film about family, values, and healing after tragedy strikes.
Gene Gallerano, Lorelei Linklater, Catherine Elvir, Janine Turner, Nikki Moore and Peri Gilpin tell this Texas sized story about Beau Baker, a washed out “Occupy Wall Street”protester, who is woken up on the streets of NYC with the news that his parents have died. He returns to Texas to the shock that his parents have left him in charge of his two teenage sisters and their estate, catapulting Beau on a journey to reidentify with his sisters, his past, and himself.
Occupy, Texas is a story about coming home. It’s a story about every sibling, every prodigal son or daughter, every grieving Aunt or Uncle, every trusting parent; it’s a story about choosing how we occupy our own lives. The responsibility to family, to the past, to the future and to himself forces Beau to grow in the face of fear, despite crippling failure, regret, and loss. Just as in Little Miss Sunshine, Uncle Buck, and You Can Count On Me, humor and love weave this family back together again and, as one family navigates Texas twangs, audacious personalities, old school monster trucks, and an all girls grade school riot, we all rediscover our roots, our hidden strengths, and our rightful place deep in the heart of Occupy, Texas.
The Dallas International Film Festival runs through April 24th. Get Tickets.